Thunder Volleyball News
11/8 THUNDER UPSET BID FALLS SHORT IN MIAA TOURNAMENT
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Trine Thunder met the challenge of top-ranked Hope College but fell short in straight sets 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-18) in the opening round of the MIAA Tournament Friday night in a match hosted by Calvin College.
The Thunder grabbed the number three seed in the postseason tournament for the first time in school history.
Trine came out hot in the first set, taking a quick 4-1 lead on two kills by sophomore Lauren Verkamp, (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) a stuff at the net by freshman Laura Hartman (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg) and sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) and a spiraling kill by Hartman.
Hope (29-1) raced back to tie it at 4-4, and that would become a consistent theme in the first set. The two teams battled point-for-point, as the set was tied 11 different times and featured five lead changes.
Trine led by three points three separate times, including a 12-9 advantage that forced a Hope timeout and sent the Thunder joyously leaping into their huddle with the early momentum. Sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) pumped two consecutive kills during that run and sophomore Bridget Marlow (Trafalgar, Ind/Indian Creek) angled a perfectly placed service ace to force the stoppage of play by the top-ranked team in the nation.
Hope bounce back to deadlock it at 15-15, then took a 18-16 lead after a strong kill by junior Amy VanderStoep. The Thunder didn't back down. They responded with a quick 4-1 run to take a 20-19 lead on two slicing kills by sophomore Megan Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) and two attack errors by the Flying Dutch.
The set was tied for the final time at 20-20 on a point by junior Anna Lynch for the Flying Dutch.
Hope then proceeded to run the table the rest of the way to wrestle away the first set, 25-20.
The second set was another tight battle early on. Trine took a 3-2 lead after a Lauren Verkamp kill, a Rabel point and another strong shot by Megan Verkamp, who did a sizable amount of her damage from the middle of the net. She connected on three punishing kills in short succession, as the set eventually tangled at 5-5.
A right-handed shot by Lauren Verkamp for the Thunder tied the second set for the final time, at 6-6.
Then, Hope began to establish themselves at the net and raced to a 12-4 run to seize control at 18-10 and eventually captured the second set, 25-15.
The third set was controlled most of the way by Hope. Trine's only lead was the opening point, on an athletic battle at the net won by junior Carly Searles. (Levering, Mich./Petoskey)
The Thunder did hang around early, down 8-7, highlighted by a slicing Hartman kill, a thunderous point by Deck and a Rabel score.
Hope then exploded on a 12-4 rally, snatching a 20-10 lead. Trine reacted immediately with a Lauren Verkamp shot, a Rabel kill and another Verkamp score, this time on a dominating ace. Searles added an ace of her own, coupled with a stuff at the net by Deck to fight off a match-point, down 24-18.
All-MIAA junior Jenna Grasmeyer clinched the win for Hope on the final kill of the night as the Flying Dutch held off the Thunder charge in the final set, winning it 25-18.
It was the third consecutive year the Thunder qualified for the four-team MIAA Tournament, joining Hope and Calvin as the only three MIAA schools to participate each year.
Trine was led in kills by the sophomore Megan Verkamp with seven. Hartman, who established herself in the lineup as the season progressed, ended with six. Lauren Verkamp added five and Deck chipped in with four.
All-MIAA setter Searles dished out 21 assists and added 10 digs.
Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba), the only senior on Trine's roster, and Lauren Verkamp led the defensive attack with 13 digs each.
With the win, Hope advances to the finals of the MIAA Tournament and will face top-seeded Calvin on Saturday evening at 5:30.
Trine ends the season with a 16-15 record. It was the third consecutive winning record for the program. The last time they accomplished that was from 1986-1989, when they rattled off four straight winning seasons.
11/1 THUNDER SEAL THEIR POSTSEASON SPOT ON SENIOR NIGHT
ANGOLA, Ind. - It was a special night at Hershey Hall, as senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) played her final match at home. Fortunately, the Thunder made her last match a great one. Trine made quick work of the Scots from Alma College, winning the first three sets. (25-22, 25-17, 25-22) This win enters the Thunder into the MIAA tournament and gives them a three seed. Trine improved to 16-14 overall and 8-8 in MIAA play. Alma fell to 13-14 overall and 8-8 in conference play.
The first set was a very high intensity match, as both teams wanted to set the tone. Trine jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead, on errors from Alma. The Scots would fight back and make the score 7-7. From there, the Thunder managed to gain a lead of 16-10 mid-way through the match. Alma didn’t give up though, keeping the match within at least 5 points. Fortunately for the Thunder, Alma never could quite gain the lead and they took the first set 25-22. There were 5 tie scores in the set and 1 lead change.
The second set was very close early. Both teams fought back and forth, making the score 9-9 at one point in the set. The Thunder then produced a 7-0 run, to gain a comfortable lead at 16-9. After that, Trine never looked back, as great teamwork gave them the second set 25-17. The second set saw 8 ties scores and 3 lead changes.
The third and final set started to make Hershey Hall shake. As the Trine student section cheered on the Thunder, they were just as intense. Early in the set, it looked bad for Trine as they faced a 7-1 deficit at one point. However, like they had been all night, Trine used great teamwork and high volleyball IQ to fight their way back into the match. They managed to tie the set at 10-10. The teams would fight back and forth for a few points. Alma did manage to gain another lead mid-way through the match, 16-12. With Hershey Hall rocking, the Thunder went back to hard work and scored 4 straight points and tied the set back up at 16-16. The turning point of the match was when Trine went on a 4-1 run late in the match to make the score 20-17. With Thunder Nation on their backs, Trine brought home the third set 25-22. There were 7 score ties and 4 lead changes in this set.
Sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) led the Thunder on the night with 11 kills. Her sophomore teammate, Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) contributed 6 kills on the night. Freshman Laura Hartman (Laingsburg, Mich./Lainsburg) produced 4 kill son the night.
Sophomore Megan Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) produced a game high 10 digs on the night, and also added 5 kills. Her twin sister, Lauren Verkamp, also had a big night with 9 digs and 8 kills. Senior Carlee Felber made her presence felt on her last game at Hershey Hall, where she produced 9 digs. Junior teammate Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) added 8 digs respectively.
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./ Petoskey) had a very successful night setting, where she managed to produce 30 assists. She also added 7 digs and 3 kills.
The Thunder will match up against Hope in the opening round of the MIAA tournament.
10/29 - THUNDER BEAT BRITONS TO SET SHOWDOWN ON SENIOR NIGHT
ALBION, Mich. - The Thunder held off a scrappy Albion team on the road Tuesday night 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19), and put themselves in position to qualify for the MIAA Tournament with a win against Alma at Hershey Hall on Friday night. Trine officially controls their own destiny, and will qualify for the postseason tournament for the third consecutive time with a win against the Scots in their regular-season finale.
None of that would have been possible without the victory at Albion (1-14, 6-22) on Tuesday. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Thunder (7-8, 15-14) and marked the return of sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) to the lineup after missing three matches with an injury.
The first set was a battle. The teams split the first 12 points to deadlock things at 6-6 on a kill by junior setter Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey). Trine attempted to pull away from the Britons several times. They led 9-6 after two kills from sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) and one from freshman Laura Hartman (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg). In fact, they led by three points on five different occasions in the first set. The last time was at 19-16, on a service ace by senior libero Carlee Felber. (Newman, Calif./Orestimba). That forced an Albion timeout and seemed to energize the Britons. They rattled off four straight points to take their first lead of the set, at 20-19.
That set the stage for the emergence of Rabel. She came off the bench to make her first appearance in 10 days, and made her presence immediately known. Her first touch was a powerful kill to tie the score at 20-20. The scored remained tied at 22-22, when Rabel finished off another kill and propelled the Thunder back into the lead. Junior Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) capped off the first set with an ace to give the Thunder the win, 25-22.
The second set was dominated early by the Thunder. Rabel rattled off three early kills to key an 8-4 Thunder lead. But the momentum began to shift. The Britons battled back to take an 11-10 lead on a kill by freshman Lauren Outwater. Trine scored five of the next six points on a block by Searles, a block by sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) and an ace from Felber to lead 15-12. Trine would never look back. Hartman recorded three late kills and Rabel put the set away on an athletic point to win, 25-18.
Set three belonged to the Britons. Hartman notched a kill to give the Thunder their last lead of the set, at 6-5. Albion responded with a 6-1 run to take an 11-6 advantage. Trine would get no closer than two points the rest of the way as Albion rattled off a 25-19 win.
Trine seemed to bounce back quickly in the fourth set, taking a 4-1 lead keyed by two Rabel kills and a point by Searles. But Albion surged on a 5-0 run to storm in front, 6-4. They continued to roll, and built their biggest lead of the fourth set at 15-9. The big crowd at Kresge Gymnasium began to build, but Trine responded. It was all Thunder from that point as Trine exploded with a 16-4 run to the end the match. They began to chip away at the lead as sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) notched an important kill followed by two more Hartman scores to trail 16-12. Trine tied it at 18-18 after back-to-back kills by Rabel and another ace by Felber. Trine kept the pressure on with two more Rabel scores, a stuff at the net by Deck and a Radandt kill to catapult in front, 23-19. Lauren Verkamp spiraled in a powerful right-handed kill and Trine forced an Albion passing error to secure the win, 25-19.
The Thunder were led in kills by Rabel with 19. She didn't register a single attack error the entire night, and hit .613. Hartman tied a career-high with nine kills and hit .261.
All-MIAA setter Searles dished out a game-high 40 assists and Felber led the defense with 26 digs.
The Thunder return to the court on Nov. 1 with a match against Alma College at 6:30 p.m. A win guarantees a spot in the four-team MIAA Tournament the following week. Carlee Felber will be honored on senior night. She's the only senior on Trine's roster.
10/23 THUNDER CAPTURE CRITICAL ROAD WIN AT KALAMAZOO
Kalamazoo, Mich.- With their backs against the wall, the Trine Thunder earned a key road win Wednesday to keep their postseason hopes alive with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 29-27) sweep at Kalamazoo. The victory kept the Thunder in the hunt to qualify for their third consecutive conference tournament.
Trine (6-8, 12-14) faced some adversity Wednesday night as they made the snowy trip to Kalamazoo (7-7, 13-13) to face a team they defeated 3-1 at Trine in the first meeting back in September. Trine had just one previous road win the entire year, and they played without sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) who was fourth in the MIAA in kills.
But the Thunder responded well. In the first set, they jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. The Hornets countered with five straight points to lead 5-3. Trine then began to control the serve. Junior Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) had two consecutive service aces to give the Thunder a 9-6 advantage. The teams battled back-and-forth, eventually drawing even at 16-16. The Thunder cranked up a 6-1 run, punctuated on a kill by sophomore Megan Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) and two aces by junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) to pull ahead 22-17. Sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) put the set away with a powerful kill to give the Thunder a 25-23 win.
In the second set, Trine took control from the start. They lead 8-3 after they stuffed the Hornets twice at the net and began to control the front. Megan Verkamp notched a kill to give the Thunder their biggest lead of the set at 15-8. But Kalamazoo would bounce back, cutting the lead to as few as three at 23-20 before Trine rattled off the final two points to win 25-20.
The third set proved to be Kalamazoo's best of the match. After a quick 2-2 tie, the Hornets equaled their largest lead of the night at 9-6. Trine would bounce back. Sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) had two quick kills in the middle of the set as Trine rallied to tie things at 13-13. It remained tied at 17-17, but the Thunder had a late surge to take a 24-22 lead on a Megan Verkamp kill to force match point. Kalamazoo fought off elimination three consecutive times to eventually take a 27-26 lead. A costly service error by the Hornets tied it at 27-27. Trine earned a side-out to lead 28-27 and took advantage of their fourth match point of the set on a strong shot from the right arm of sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) to capture a 29-27 win.
In the absence of Rabel, it was a very balanced attack for the Thunder. Megan and Lauren Verkamp each led the way with nine kills. Deck finished with eight and Searles registered seven. Freshman Laura Hartman (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg) had a key contribution in the middle with five.
All-MIAA setter Searles dished out 37 assists and senior libero Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) led the defensive attack with 16 digs.
Trine returns to the court as they step outside the conference with a tri-match in Ohio at Bluffton University on Oct. 26 beginning at 3 p.m
10/18 - Thunder sweeps Saint Mary's
By Sports Information Student Kory Shackle
ANGOLA, Ind. - Coming into Friday night's match, the Trine University knew how big of a match up this was. The Thunder were taking on the Belles of Saint Mary's. The Thunder came out of the gates with a lot of tempo and confidence, and it showed on the floor. Trine managed to sweep Saint Mary's in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-16). The sweep takes the Thunder's record to 11-13 overall and 5-7 in the MIAA.
In the first set, the Thunder jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead over the Belles. This is where sophomore Taylor Rabel established her presence for the night, managing four kills in the first six points for the Thunder. From there, Saint Mary's worked hard to keep it a close set. The Thunder would fight back though and make the score 21-13 late in the set. Trine went on to win the set, 25-17.
The second set was a battle for both sides. The Thunder jumped out once again to a 7-3 lead. In the middle of the set both teams managed to go back and forth from there. Late in the set, Saint Mary's would go for a little run, making the score 19-17. Then, the Thunder got stuck on point number 22 as the Belles managed to stay within a point of the Thunder. The Thunder benefited off two very crucial attack errors at the end of the match, giving Trine the win 25-22.
After taking the first two sets, the Thunder looked very determined to make this a quick night for the student section and fans at Hershey Hall. Trine came out very determined and focused. They started off with a 7-4 lead over Saint Mary's. From there, the Thunder would maintain that lead and in the middle of the set they led 15-8. That is when the Thunder never looked back and managed to win the third and final set 25-16.
Sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) produced 11 kills on the night, which led the Thunder on the night. Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) added 8 kills on the night, while also producing 7 digs. Freshman Laura Hartman (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg) produced 5 kills as well as sophomore teammate Megan Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community).
Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) made her presence felt, as she led both teams with 29 assists on the night. She also added in 7 digs on the night. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) led both teams as well, with 16 digs on the night.
10/15 - Thunder fall at No. 1 ranked calvin
By Aaron Coyle
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Despite six days off, the Thunder came out strong and contested top-ranked Calvin in the first set before eventually falling 3-0. (25-21, 25-13, 25-10) The loss drops Trine to 10-13 overall on the season and 4-7 in the MIAA.
It was a daunting task facing the Thunder as they traveled north to face the top-ranked team in the country. The Knights (24-0) came in riding a 48 match conference win streak, which is the longest ever in the MIAA since volleyball began in 1972.
Trine was up for the challenge in the first set, taking a quick 4-1 lead. Calvin tied it at 8-8, and the teams split the next six points to deadlock things at 11-11. The Knights broke loose on a 9-4 run to take a 20-15 lead. Trine regrouped after a timeout to pull within two at 22-20 and forced a Calvin timeout. The Knights scored three of the final four points to win the first set 25-21.
Sets two and three showed why Calvin is ranked No. 1 in the nation. They used their depth and athleticism to control the net and force the Thunder into tough passing situations. They eventually pulled away, winning the second set 25-13 and taking set three 25-10.
Serving has been a main strength for the Thunder the entire year. They came in leading the conference with 165 service aces, but didn't record a single one against the Knights. It allowed Calvin to control the first pass and set up the offense, which leads the nation in hitting percentage. It is the only time this season Trine has gone an entire match without an ace.
Calvin's conference win streak now stands at 49 and they've won 47 straight regular-season matches at home.
Trine was lead in kills by sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) with nine. Junior Carly Searles, (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) sophomore Stephanie Radandt, (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) and freshmen Marissa German (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and Laura Hartman (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg) all had four. It was a career-high for Hartman.
Eight different players recorded assists, led by Searles with 9. The all-conference setter entered the match 116th in the nation in assists.
Senior libero Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) led the defense with seven digs.
Calvin sophomore Maggie Kamp paced the Knight attack with 13 kills. She leads the MIAA and is 14th in the nation in that department.
Trine returns to action on Friday Oct. 18 at home against Saint Mary's College at 7 p.m. Trine defeated the Belles in the first meeting 3-2.
10/9 - Late Thunder Rally Falls Short to No. 2 Dutch
By Sports Information Student Assistant Kory Shackle
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Trine University volleyball team knew they were in for a tough match, playing No. 2 ranked Hope College. Although the Thunder fell in straight sets 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-19), Trine led in both the second and third sets including a five point advantage in the final set. The loss drops the Thunder to 10-12 overall and 4-6 in the MIAA.
All three sets were very competitive early on, but the Thunder were unable to hang on and take a set from the Flying Dutch. In the first set Hope jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Thunder fought to bring it back to 6-6. After that Hope never looked back, as they went on a 16-4 run in the middle of the set.
The beginning of the second set was a back and forth battle as the teams exchanged five lead changes and nine ties. The score got to 10-10 at one point during the set but from there, Hope managed to gain a 21-14 lead late in the second set. Trine tried to pull a late set comeback scoring four straight the pull within four before Hope nabbed the final point.
The final set looked very promising for the Thunder as they held the lead most of the set. The largest lead for Trine in the set was a five point difference and that happened seven times, the last coming at 16-11. Late in the set the Thunder watched that lead slowly slip away as the Dutch eventually brought the lead back to their side, making it 19-18 before closing out the set.
Sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) worked her way to eight kills on the night to led the Thunder. Sophomores Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) and Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) added 4 kills apiece.
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) dished out 16 assists on the night and also led the Thunder with eight digs. Fellow junior Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) also added seven digs on the night.
Trine will take the weekend off before returning to action on Oct. 15 when they travel to Calvin for a 6:30 p.m. match.
10/5 - Thunder Split Non-Conference Tri-Match
DEFIANCE, Ohio - The Trine University volleyball team earned a split in their tri-match, as they defeated Mount St. Joseph 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-17, 25-14) in the opener before falling to host Defiance College by the same score, 3-1 (24-26,27-25,25-20,25-18). The Thunder are now 10-11 overall on the season.
In the first game, the Thunder used every player on their bench in the win over the Lions. Trine spread the ball around in the match as seven different players had multiple kills. The Thunder had a solid game at the net as they finished with 9.5 blocks in the game including tying an individual season-high by sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) who had seven.
In the nightcap, the Thunder jumped out to an early comeback victory in the first set over the Yellow Jackets, but Trine was unable to pull out a close second set as Defiance took the final three sets. Radandt added three more blocks in the match as the Thunder finished with six total. Sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) led the Thunder with a team-high 13 kills.
For the day, Rabel led the Thunder with 21 kills while adding 13 digs and four blocks. Sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) was second on the team with 13 kills while tying the team lead with 19 digs and also adding four blocks. Lauren’s twin sister Megan and junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) each added 10 kills. Megan would lead the team with 10 aces on the day while Searles would dish out 49 assists to go along with 16 digs.
Radandt would lead the Thunder with 10 blocks on the afternoon. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) tied Verkamp with the team lead making 19 digs while junior Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) added 13 of her own.
Trine returns to the court to face No. 2 ranked Hope College on Oct 9 at 6:30 p.m.
10/4 - Thunder Fall in Four Sets On the Road
OLIVET, Mich. - Entering the match, the Trine University volleyball team was in a four-way tie for third place in the MIAA, but the Thunder suffered a tough loss to Olivet College 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 25-19). With Alma and Kalamazoo also falling, the Thunder are now in a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference with a 4-5 record and a 9-10 overall mark on the year.
Olivet controlled the first set as they let 21-11 before the Thunder went on a seven point run to pull within three at 21-18, but the Comets closed out the went on a four point run.
Trine would handle the second set as they led it 5-4 and never trailed from there.
Set number three was a back-and-forth battle as the teams fought through 11 ties and five lead changes. The largest lead of the set came with the Thunder up 9-6 before the Comets score three straight points. Late in the set, Trine trailed by two at 21-19 but were only able to close the gap to one at 24-23 before the Comets scored the final point.
The final set was again all Comets as they never trailed after taking a 3-0 lead. Midway through the set the Thunder would battle back to pull within three at 18-15, but were unable to get any closer.
Sophomores Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) and Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) led the Thunder with 10 kills on the night. Twin sister Megan Verkamp added nine kills and eight digs. Fellow sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) had a game and career-high eight blocks (two solo).
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) earned her 13th double-double of the season with a game-high 33 assists and 13 digs. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) made a game-high 17 digs.
As a team, Trine had a season-high 12 blocks on the night.
Trine goes right back to action as they travel to Defiance College for a tri-match with Mount St. Joseph beginning at 3 p.m.
10/1 - Thunder Rally Falls Just Short
ALMA, Mich. - For the first time this season, down 0-2, the Trine University volleyball were unable to pull out the fifth set win as they fell 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 17-25, 15-9) to Alma College. The loss ends the Thunder’s four-game winning streak as they are now 9-9 on the season and 4-4 in the MIAA.
The opening set saw the Scots jump out to an 11-1 lead early. The Thunder would try to claw their way back into it, but they were unable to pull closer than five.
In the second set, it was the Thunder who jumped out to the early lead going up 12-5. Alma would slowly close the gap before going on a 14-5 run to close out the set as the Thunder trailed 0-2.
The Scots would hold a one point lead through the first half of the third set. With the Thunder trailing 12-10, they would go on a 15-6 run to close out the set.
Set number four was all Thunder from the start as they never trailed as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Trine would lead by as many as 11 twice, up 15-4 and 20-9.
Trine would take the early lead in the decisive fifth set, up 5-3. Alma would then go on a 7-1 run to take a 10-6 that the Thunder were unable to recover from. Trine would pull within two at 11-9, but that would be it as the Scots scored the final four points.
The Thunder were led on the floor by sophomore Megan Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) with her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs. Fellow sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) finished her night with nine kills to go along with eight digs. Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) nearly had a triple-double as she dished out 32 assists, made 19 digs and finished with eight kills. Searles also led the Thunder with three service aces. Sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) also added eight kills while fellow sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) added seven kills.
Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) finished with a game-high 26 digs while sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) had 21 digs.
9/25 - Thunder Rally From Down Two to Defeat Albion
ANGOLA, Ind. - For the second time this season the Trine University volleyball team rallied from down 0-2 to win, defeating Albion College 3-2 (19-25, 23-25, 15-16, 25-19, 16-14). The Thunder push their record to over .500 for the first time since they won their first game of the year and now have a 9-8 overall record and are 4-3 in the MIAA.
The Thunder dropped the first two sets, both of which they led, including being up 5-1 in the opener. Trine came back with vengeance in the third set as they led from the start and never looked back leading by as many as eight.
The fourth set was all Thunder as they again led from the start not even allowing the Britons to tie the game. Trine led by as many as 10 points before Albion closed the gap late in the set but the Thunder were able to put it away.
In the fifth and decisive set, the two teams battled it out through 10 ties and four lead changes. Trine jumped out to a 4-1 lead before Albion tied it at 4-4. The two sides exchanged points from there as neither team was able to get more than a two point lead. After Albion stopped the Thunder on a match point at 14-13, Trine scored the final two points on back-to-back kills by sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) to take the win.
Sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) led all players with a game-high 21 kills. It was the third time this season that Rabel has finished with 20+ kills and the 13th time with 10 or more. Lauren Verkamp finished the night with her fourth double-double of the year with 14 digs and 13 kills. Fellow sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) had a career-best 11 kills and added three blocks. Megan Verkamp also added a double-double of her own, her second of the year, with 10 kills and 10 digs.
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) went off for a career-high 50 assists while earning her 11th double-double of the year with 15 digs. Searles also added five kills, three blocks and a team-high two aces. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) finished the night with a team-high 18 digs while junior Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) made 11 digs.
As a team, Trine finished with a season-high 65 kills and 61 assists. It was the first time this season that four Trine players have registered double-digit kills in the same match.
Trine will take almost a week off before returning to the court on Oct. 1 when they travel to Alma for a 6:30 p.m. match.
9/23 - Searles Named MIAA Player of the Week in Volleyball
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Trine University setter Carly Searles its Specialty Player of the Week in volleyball for matches played through September 22.
Searles, a junior from Levering (Petoskey HS), dished out 117 assists (9.8 per set) and added 17 kills and 34 digs for the week as Trine won three straight MIAA matches. Searles had a double-double in all three matches. She had 40 assists, six kills and 14 digs as the Thunder rallied from two sets down to defeat Saint Mary’s in five sets, 34 assists six kills and 10 digs in their sweep of Adrian and 43 assists, five kills and 10 digs in a four-set win over Kalamazoo. Searles is being honored as Specialty Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
9/21 - Thunder Earn Comeback to Squash Hornets
By Trine Sports Information Student Assistant Kory Shackle
ANGOLA, Ind.- After being dropped the first set, the Trine University volleyball team came back to win the next three sets against the Hornets of Kalamazoo College (21-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-17). With the win, the Thunder improved to 8-8 on the season, and 3-3 in MIAA play.
The first set looked promising for the Thunder as they jumped out to an 11-4 lead. But then the Hornets managed to battle back in the set and they brought the score back to 18-18 late in the set. Kalamazoo managed to go on a five point swing that made the score 24-19, and eventually completed the comeback for set one.
In the second set the Hornets managed to jump out to a 5-0 lead, but the Thunder fought hard to get back in the set, tying the set at 6-6 early. Late in the set, the Thunder managed to score seven straight points to down the Hornets 25-16.
The third set started off well for the Thunder as they started the set with a 9-4 lead. From there, Trine did not look back, as they never trailed. The Thunder won set three in convincing fashion, 25-19.
In the crucial fourth set both teams fought hard and it showed on the court. The swinging point of the set was Trine’s 7-2 run in the middle of the set to make the score 17-12. From there, the Thunder never let the Hornets back in it, and took the final set and the match.
Sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) had a tremendous day, leading Trine with a game-high 20 kills and a hitting percentage of .486. Twin sisters sophomores Megan and Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) both had very efficient days, tallying 12 and 11 kills respectively. Lauren notched her third double-double of the season adding 14 digs.
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) also had a double-double, her 10th of the year with 43 assists and 10 digs while adding in five kills. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) led the Thunder with a game-high 18 digs on the day while junior Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) added 10 digs.
Trine returns to the court on Sept. 25 as Albion travels to Hershey Hall for a 6:30 p.m. match.
9/20 - Thunder Make Quick Work of Rival Bulldogs
ANGOLA, Ind. - In convincing fashion, the Trine University volleyball team swept their match over rival Adrian College 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-21). The win improves the Thunder to 7-8 on the season and 2-3 in the MIAA.
The Thunder trailed early at 2-1 in the opening set but Trine would score three straight points to take a lead they would never relinquish. Adrian would pull within three midway through, but Trine would roll off 11 of the next 12 points to take the first set.
The second set was much of the same for the Thunder as they jumped out to an earl 4-0 lead. The Bulldogs would slowly rally back, tying the game at 10-10, but The Thunder would score the next two points to regain the lead. Trine would close out the set on a 13-4 run.
In the third set, the Bulldogs gave Trine a run for their money as the set saw the game tied seven different times. Trine would again jump out to an early lead at 5-2 and then push it to 12-5. Adrian would rattle off the next seven points to tie the match at 12-12. The two teams would battle it out from there as they exchanged multiple points. Adrian would take their first lead scoring four straight points to take a 20-18 advantage. The Thunder would answer back by scoring seven of the next eight points to take the set and the match.
Sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) led the Thunder on the night with 11 kills while hitting .375 from the floor. Fellow sophomore sisters Megan and Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) tallied 10 and nine kills respectively and five digs apiece.
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) finished with her ninth double-double of the season with game-highs in assists (34) and digs (10) while adding six kills. Sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) led the Thunder with a game-high four blocks and added four kills. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) and junior Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) each finished the night with six digs.
Trine gets right back at it as they host Kalamazoo on Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.
9/17 - Thunder Make Epic Comeback Over Belles
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - In a comeback for the ages, the Trine University volleyball team rallied from down 0-2 to hand Saint Mary’s College their second conference loss 3-2 (20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 21-19). The victory gives the Thunder their first in the conference season moving their MIAA record to 1-3 and their overall record to 6-8 on the year.
In the opening set, the Thunder jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but were unable to hold onto as the Belles closed the set out on a 10-5 advantage.
The Thunder led just once in the second holding a 3-2 advantage before Saint Mary’s took the lead for good to go up 11-7. Trine pulled within three points late at 19-16, but the Belles would again go on a 6-3 run to close out the set.
Trine finally got things going in the third as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never looked back. The Belles would close the gap to 11-6, but Trine refused to let them back in pushing their lead to 10 points at 21-11 before closing things out.
It was Saint Mary’s jumping out to the early lead in the fourth set, but this time it would be the Thunder rallying back. Trailing 5-1, the Thunder battled back to tie things at 8-8. After the Belles scored the next two points, Trine would go on a 7-1 run to take the lead 16-12 but Saint Mary’s would rally with five straight points to retake the lead. The two sides would trade points as things were tied at 21 all. Trine would finally put the set away as they took four of the final five points to force the decisive fifth set.
The winner-take-all fifth set was a battle right to the very end as it took extra points to decide the outcome. The Thunder would take an early 3-1 lead, but the Belles fought back to take an 8-5 lead. Again though, the Thunder would make a comeback to tie it at 8-8. The two sides would exchange points until the Thunder had match point after an ace from sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community). The Belles would stop the Trine rally, but Trine would again have match point at 15-14.
The Belles would then rally for two match points of their own at 16-15 and 17-16. Trine would come back with their own rally for another pair of match points. With things tied at 19-19, The Thunder would get back-to-back kills from sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) and Lauren Verkamp to put the game away and give Trine a comeback for the ages.
Sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) finished the night with a game-high 25 kills and finished just a dig shy of a double-double. Lauren Verkamp finished with her second double-double of the season with 15 digs and 14 kills to go along with a team-high three aces. Twin sister Megan notched her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Deck added six kills on the night and a team-high three blocks.
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) added her eighth double-double of the year dishing out a game-high 40 assists and making 14 digs while also putting down six kills. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) added a team-high 17 digs on the night.
The 25 kills by Rabel is the 7th most in Trine history and the most since former player Betsy Irwin had 26 against Kalamazoo on Oct. 13, 2010.
The win marks the first time a Trine team has come back from being down 0-2 to win the match since defeating Otterbein on Sept. 18, 2009 when they won 3-2 (22-25,23-25,25-22,25-22,18-16).
Trine will now turn their attention to Adrian College when the Bulldogs come to Hershey Hall on Sept. 20 for a 6:30 p.m. match.
9/14 - Thunder Split at Weekend Tournament
GREENCASTLE, Ind. - At the two-day DePauw University Tigers Invitational, the Trine University volleyball squad split the weekend winning twice on Friday before falling twice on Saturday. The Thunder are now 5-8 on the season.
In the opener, the Thunder cruised to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-22). In a rematch from earlier in the year, Trine was able to dispatch Rose-Hulman in straight sets 3-0 (27-25, 25-18, 25-22).
Saturday wasn’t nearly as kind to the Thunder as they fell to host DePauw 3-0 (25-7, 25-17, 25-23) and Marietta 3-1 (25-17, 25-17, 21-25, 25-16).
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) was named to the All-Tournament team.
Trine returns to the court for an MIAA match at Saint Mary’s on Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m.
9/11 - Thunder Fall to Top No. 1 Team in the Nation
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Trine University volleyball team gave it all they had against the No. 1 ranked Calvin College but fell in straight sets 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-18). The loss drops the Thunder to 3-6 overall on the season and 0-3 in the MIAA.
All three sets were back-and-forth early on as the two sides exchanged 14 leads while the score was tied 18 different times. In the opening set the Thunder fell behind early but battled back to take a 6-5 lead. After again trading points the Thunder retook the lead 8-7. That would be their final lead however as the Knights slowly began to pull away late in the set as they went on a 10-5 run.
It was Trine who took the early lead in the second set, going up twice early on. But with the score tied 5-5, Calvin would finish out the set on a 20-6 run as the Thunder made 11 attack errors in the frame.
The final set was no different for the Thunder as they battled the top ranked Knights early on exchanging six lead changes and nine ties. Trine hung with the defending conference champions battling back to tie it at 11-11. Calvin would take a two point lead before the Thunder pulled back to within one, but that would be as close as they would get as the Knights held off Trine in the end.
Sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) led the Thunder with eight kills on the night while twin sister Megan added seven. Fellow sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) and freshman Marissa German (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) finished with four kills each. Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) dished out 20 assists for the Thunder while senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) led the team with six digs.
Calvin finished with just seven more kills than the Thunder, but the difference came by way of attack errors as Trine had 24 compared to just seven for the Knights. On the night, the Thunder hit .024 while Calvin finished .413 from the floor.
Trine will now head to DePauw University for the Tigers Invitational. The two-day tournament begins on Sept. 13 as the Thunder face Concordia-Chicago at 4 p.m. and Rose-Hulman at 8 p.m. On Sept. 14 the Thunder will take on DePauw at 10 a.m. and Marietta at noon.
9/7 - Thunder Fall Twice to Nationally Ranked Opponents
HOLLAND, Mich. - It was a battle for the Trine University volleyball team today as they faced two teams ranked in the top-12 in a tri-match hosted by Hope College. In the opener, the Thunder fell to No. 5 Hope 3-0 (25-9, 25-22, 25-11) and then 3-0 to No. 12 University of Chicago (25-19, 25-15, 27-25). The Thunder are now 3-5 on the year.
It was a tough start to the day for the Thunder, falling behind early to the Flying Dutch as they opened the match on an 11-1 run. Trine was unable to recover from there, dropping the first set.
The Thunder put up a fight in the second set as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Hope would go on a run of their own before the Thunder battled back to retake an 18-16 lead. From there, Hope would hold off the Thunder to take the set.
After falling behind early in the third set, the Thunder did their best to make a comeback but were unable take a lead as they closed the gap to just a point early on.
In the second game of the day, the Thunder came out ready to go as they battled the Maroons early on exchanging leads. With Trine up by one, 14-13, Chicago went on a five point run to take the lead for good.
The second set was a tough one for the Thunder as Chicago led from start to finish. In the third and final set, Trine gave Chicago all it could handle. After trading points to open the set, Chicago would take a six point lead 19-13. The Thunder would pull together a rally late in the set scoring five straight to come within one at 22-21. From there the teams would slug it out as Trine tied the game at 23. The Thunder would come back twice to tie it after Chicago had match point. In the end, Chicago would take the final two points to snatch the set away from the Thunder.
Junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) finished the match with her sixth double-double of the season with 18 assists and 15 digs.
On the day for Trine, sophomore twin sisters Megan and Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) led the Thunder with 10 and seven kills respectively. Lauren also finished with 10 digs. Sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) and freshman Marissa German (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) each finished with five kills. Searles wrapped up the afternoon with 33 assists and 23 digs. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) led the Thunder with 28 digs and three aces for day.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Thunder as they host MIAA preseason favorite and No. 2 ranked Calvin College on Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
9/3 - Thunder Split First Home Games
ANGOLA, Ind. - The Trine University volleyball team split their home opener as they fell to conference rival Olivet 3-2 (25-14, 16-25, 25-15, 22-25, 10-15) in the first match before rebounding in the nightcap to defeat Rose-Hulman 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-22). The split keeps the Thunder at .500 on the season with a 3-3 overall record.
In the opener, the Thunder jumped out to an early first set victory hitting .333 with just three errors. Trine was unable to maintain their momentum in the second set as they had eight kills but also eight errors. Trine would get their game back in the third set as they again rolled through to take the 2-1 advantage.
In set number three, the Thunder jumped out to an early 7-3 lead but the Comets rattled off nine straight points. The Thunder did their best to mount a comeback, tying it at 19, but Olivet would go on another run to send it to a fifth set. In the race to 15 points, Trine again jumped out to an early lead before the Comets went on another run to re-take the lead. The Thunder would again battle back to tie the set at 10-10, but Olivet scored the final five points to take the victory.
In the match, junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) notched her third career triple-double as she finished with 37 assists, 17 digs and 11 kills.
In the nightcap, the Thunder controlled most of the action despite how it looked on the scoreboard. Trine out-hit Rose-Hulman 45-to-24 in kills and hit .143 compared to just .038. The biggest concern for the Thunder was that they had more hitting errors (27) that Rose-Hulman did total kills. Trine trailed midway through the first set before taking an 18-17 lead they never gave up.
In set number two, the Thunder would again trail early falling behind 4-0 before mounting a comeback to take a 10-9 lead. The two sides traded points and leads until Trine took the lead for good at 20-19.
The third set would again be a back-and-forth battle as the teams traded five lead changes and 11 tie scores. Trine again fell behind early but battled back to take a 4-3 lead. Rose-Hulman would regain the lead as they went on an 8-3 run to take a 16-11 lead. The Thunder answered with a run of their own to take an 18-17 lead. Then, with the game tied at 22, Trine rolled off the final three points on a kill by sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community), an ace by junior Erin Lewis (Farmland, Ind./Winchester Community) and a kill by sophomore Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) to give the Thunder the victory.
On the night, Rabel led the team with 31 kills. Sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) added 15 kills while Searles and sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) each added 14. Searles led the Thunder with 73 assists, 27 digs and 9 service aces. Deck also led the team with six blocks. Senior Carlee Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) added 25 digs while Lewis had 22 for the Thunder.
Trine will take the rest of the week off before returning to action on September 7 when they travel to Holland, Mich. for another tri-match with two national powers. The Thunder will face fifth ranked Hope at 11:00 a.m. and then take on the 12th ranked University of Chicago at 1:00 p.m.
8/31 - Thunder Finish .500 on Opening Weekend
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Trine University volleyball team split their weekend going 2-2 at the two-day Capital-Otterbein opening tournament. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Rabel (Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central) was named to the All-Tournament team for the Thunder.
Trine opened the weekend on Friday with a 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-9, 25-21) victory over Kenyon. Rabel and fellow sophomore Lauren Verkamp (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community) led the Thunder to victory with 17 and 16 kills respectively, both of which were career-highs. The pair also added double-doubles as Verkamp had 14 digs while Rabel added 13 in the match.
In the nightcap, the Thunder dropped their match 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-19) to host Otterbein. Trine’s best opportunity came in the second set, but a late 8-1 run by the Cardinals put things out of reach.
The Thunder started day two by falling behind early to host Capital 2-0 in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Trine mounted a comeback to force a winner-take-all fifth set before falling 3-2 (26-24,25-19,22-25,21-25,15-11).
Trine used the momentum from the Capital match to defeat Denison in their final game of the tournament 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-15). Rabel and Lauren Verkamp again led the Thunder to victory with double-digit kills. Sophomore Stephanie Radandt (Walkerton, Ind./John Glenn) had a career-high seven blocks in the match.
For the Thunder, Rabel led the way with 57 kills on the weekend to go along with 30 digs. Lauren Verkamp added 38 kills while twin sister Megan added 31 of her own. Both had outstanding weekends at the service line as Lauren had nine aces and Megan dropped seven. Lauren was also third on the team with 45 digs while Megan added 30 to go along with eight blocks.
Sophomore Olivia Deck (Lansing, Mich./Grand Ledge) and Radandt collected 25 and 23 kills each. Radandt led the Thunder with 11 blocks while Deck was second on the team with nine. Radandt also added six service aces.
All-MIAA junior Carly Searles (Levering, Mich./Petoskey) led Trine all weekend as she totaled 153 assists made 47 digs, dropping in 20 kills while adding seven aces and seven blocks. Searles also earned double-doubles in three of the four games, just missing out on a fourth by one dig against Otterbein. Senior libero Carly Felber (Newman, Calif./Orestimba) led the Thunder with 69 digs over the four matches including a career-high 33 in the match against Capital.
Trine now returns to Angola to host a tri-match with conference foe Olivet and Rose-Hulman on September 3. Trine will face Olivet at 4:00 p.m. and then Rose-Hulman at 8:00 p.m.
8/16 - Volleyball Picked to finish 5th in miaa
ROYAL OAK, Mich. - The Trine University volleyball squad was picked to finish fifth in the MIAA preseason coaches’ poll as announced today by the conference. The Thunder finished fourth in the conference the past two seasons and qualified for the four-team MIAA Tournament.
Defending champion Calvin was selected the preseason favorite receiving seven out of a possible nine first-place votes in the preseason poll of the league’s coaches. Hope, picked to finish second, received the other two first-place votes. Alma was selected to finish third, followed by Adrian, Trine, Saint Mary’s, Kalamazoo, Olivet and Albion.
The Trine team is coming off its first back-to-back winning seasons since the late 1980s and look to continue its push toward the top of the conference.
Trine will be a young squad this season as it has just one senior on the roster in Carlee Felber. After graduating the school’s all-time kill leader Betsy Irwin and all-time assist leader Sarah Radekin, the Thunder will look to junior Carly Searles who was named to the All-MIAA Second Team last season. Searles finished 2012 with 20 double-doubles and two triple-doubles while ranking second on the team in assists and digs and third in kills and blocks.
The team will also look to a group of sophomores to improve in their second season with the Thunder. A season ago, Taylor Rabel, Stephanie Radandt and twin sisters Lauren and Megan Verkamp saw action in all 30 games for the squad. Coach Jamie Wozniak will rely on them to help guide the Thunder to another winning season and a spot in the postseason.
Trine opens the season on the road at the Otterbein and Capital tournament on Aug. 30 and 31. The Thunder then open the home season with a tri-match on Sept. 3 when it faces Olivet in its conference opener and also faces Rose-Hulman. Trine will take one preseason favorite Calvin at home on Sept. 11.
Poll Results (first-place votes in parenthesis): 1. Calvin (7) 9 pts. 2. Hope (2) 14. 3. Alma 25. 4. Adrian 34. 5. Trine 35. 6. Saint Mary’s 41. 7. Kalamazoo 49. 8. Olivet 54. 9. Albion 63.
8/7 - Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that the Trine University women’s volleyball team has earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 season. It is the first AVCA Team Academic Award for the Thunder under head coach Jamie Wozniak and just the second time for the program since becoming an NCAA member school in 2004. The team also earned the honor for the 2005-06 season.
The Trine squad adds to its academic honors for the 2012-13 year after earning the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Team GPA award. The Thunder team was one of seven MIAA schools honored among the 93 winners in Division III. In all, 622 teams earned the honor.
The award, which was initiated during the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
More than 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program's 20-year history, and 5,450 awards have been given out in total.
A full list of all 622 teams to earn the honor can be found by clicking here.